my friend des texted me the other day that one of our friends is getting married in december. she asked me to attend. i told her, no problem. but when she said that it’ll be in davao… naco… i had second thoughts.
she told me that our friend packy was already looking for cheap packages as early as now. i told her, i don’t think money would be the problem. it’s still a number of months away and i could save for it. the problem would be, if i could get off from work. since i got married early this year, i’ve used up all my leave credits for the year (vacation leave, that is… sick leave, marami pa… pero alangan naman gamitin ko yung sick leave eh hindi naman ako sick). i told her i won’t commit just yet, but that i do wanna go.
i haven’t been to davao yet and i’d like to join them. so when i was talking to my hubby earlier (opposite work shifts kami, so we call each other up na lang), shempre, i mentioned it to him. and the conversation went a little something like this…
ako: ey, antuks, our friend jon is getting married in december. papayagan mo ba ako mag-attend?
mr antuken: baket naman hindi?
ako: sa davao kse yun.
mr. antuken: aba. eh gano katagal naman yun, if ever
ako: siguro mga 2-3 days?
mr. antuken: antuken naman, hindi ka na dalaga.
ako: huh? konek? eh alangan naman isang araw lang ako dun, sayang naman pamasahe ko.
mr. antuken: hindi ko pa alam. ewan ko. hindi ka na kse dalaga antuken.
and let’s cut it at that. we talked of other things but his statement sort of “stuck”. i don’t get it. does being married really wouldn’t allow me to go to other places (minus him)? maybe i should’ve asked him along? but, knowing him, he wouldn’t wanna go. why? he doesn’t have leave credits also plus it’s harder for him to get off from work than i do. and, he doesn’t really know my friend who’s getting married (he’s based in canada), they haven’t even met yet.
parang natanga talaga ako sa sinabi nya. ibig sabihin ba ngayon na may asawa na ako, wala na akong social life? ilang beses nya kse nahirit yung “hindi ka na dalaga, antuken”. wtf?!? parang bumalik tuloy yung isang conversation namin dati nung magboypren pa lang kami… he doesn’t allow me, correction, he doesn’t like it if i go out with my officemates and there are guys there. i wouldn’t say na insecure sya, kse hindi naman eh. sabi nya, iba raw kse ang lalaki pag nalapatan ng alcohol ang mga dugo nila. sabi ko nga parang mahihirapan naman ako nun, kse naturally, mas madali ko maging friends ang mga guys than girls. siguro dahil sa nag-iinom ako. at nagyo-yosi ako (noon, i sorta stopped already). na kung tutuusin eh hindi naman kakaiba di ba? nasabi ko minsan sa kanya na: ‘ibig sabihin, pag mag-asawa na tayo, di na ko pwede gumimik?’ at sinagot nya ako ng ‘hindi ka pa ba sawa sa buhay dalaga?!’ sabi ko nga life doesn’t stop just because you’re married. gusto ba nyang sa kanya lang nagre-revolve ang buhay ko? sabi ko, i’d be one dull person kung ganun. i even asked him, pano pala if i wanted to go out with my friends, hindi pwede? dun, he sorta made an exception.
parang dapat ata, nung time na yun eh pinagusapan namin ng masinsinan yung topic na yun ah. hindi ko talaga maintindihan eh. alam naman nya na i drink. na iba-iba ang sets of friends ko (hs friends, friend from elementary, batchmates from my soro, college friends, former officemates, etc.). does he mean, na porke mag-asawa na kami eh i’ll cut myself off from them? nasabi pa nga nya kanina na what if he doens’t allow me to go to davao? i told him, i wouldn’t take no. i’ll explain it to him well why i wanted to go. at parang nakikinikinita ko na ang itsura ko. hehehe.
yan kse ang hirap. i was so used to getting my way. nabanggit ko na dati, i never experienced any curfew. sobrang bait ng parents ko. pag may gimik kahit cabanatuan, or somewhere na mas malayo pa, pinapayagan ako ng dad ko. that’s how much he’s trusted me. at siguro na-instill din samen to be honest about everything. i remember, nung hs kami, my schoolmate and friend’s mom used to ask me to bring his son’s allowance. hindi kse lagi umuuwi ng batangas yun eh, so pinapakisuyo saken yung baon (ako, regular na weekends ko batangas). na-mention ni tita na hindi nya pinayagan yung anak nya na mag-summer sa iloilo (as part of his elective class na… marine bio ata yun). nasabi ng dad ko na she should’ve allowed him to go daw. para ma-broaden ang kaalaman. kse nga daw, habang may chance/opportunity to travel, binibigay dapat. kse nga daw pag tumanda na at nagstart na mag-pamilya, baka hindi na magawa. haay. na-miss ko tuloy bigla ang tatay ko.
eniwei, so ang ibig sabihin ba: being married = limited social life? naman.